Metal pack frame with attached rucksack : Captain A W White, Australian Army

Accession Number REL35355
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Personal Equipment
Physical description Aluminium, Metal, Nylon, Nylon webbing, Plastic
Maker Unknown
Place made United States of America
Date made c 1965
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975

US-made olive nylon rucksack mounted on a dark green painted aluminium frame, equipped with padded shoulder straps with a quick release buckle. The frame also has nylon webbing shoulder and lumbar supports. On the frame where the cross sections are riveted is stamped '5052 H 32'. A number of strap attachment points have also been riveted to the frame. The pack consists of a main compartment with drawstring closing and main closing flap, which is marked 'US'. The flap is held closed externally by two nylon webbing straps that are secured to metal buckles lower on the pack. The flap has an internal pocket printed with the following: 'INSTRUCTIONS INSIDE RUCKSACK, NYLON DUCK DSA 100-712 8465-782-3248'. A coated, printed set of instructions on the use and care of the rucksack is sewn to the inside of this pocket. The rucksack is also provided with a trio of external pouches and a number of loops of nylon eyelet webbing for attaching items of equipment.

History / Summary

Anthony Walter White was born 16 April 1938 in Randwick NSW. He enlisted in the Army in 1961, with the service number 214183 and was sent to Officer Cadet School (OCS) Portsea where he graduated with the rank of lieutenant. His first tour in Vietnam began on 11 November 1965 with 1 Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR). During this time he served in 1 RAR's extensive operations in the Ho Bo Woods area. He transferred to Headquarters, 1 Australian Task Force on 5 June 1966 when 1 RAR rotated home to Australia. White went on to complete his tour with Headquarters, Australian Force Vietnam (Army Component) from 2 August until 16 November 1966. He served a second tour in Vietnam as a captain with 1 Civil Affairs Unit from 18 March 1970 until 28 October 1971.